Post-Traumatic Play: What Clinicians Should Know Virtual Class
Eliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S
The goal of this workshop is to help play therapists and other clinicians identify and discuss the unique aspects of post-traumatic play, a distinct type of play by children with trauma experiences, that appears to externalize the worries and concerns they are compartmentalizing or suppressing. When children utilize this unique play, they provide the play therapist or other clinicians with a window into their internal worlds, and produce a broad range of positive treatment effects. While most cases of post-trauma play occur naturally, play therapists and other clinicians may be able to facilitate or encourage this important play in a number of ways. Several key variables in post-trauma play will be highlighted, including how this mostly resilient play can become static ad possibly even re-traumatizing without therapy interventions. The focus of this training will be on helping play therapists recognize post-trauma play, supporting its intent, and creating opportunities for mastery. Several case studies will be presented to demonstrate the distinct phases of post-trauma play.
The schedule will consist of a didactic presentation, group discussions in Zoom breakout rooms, case illustrations, and a Power Point handout.
|10:00 – 11:30||Definition of post-traumatic play Intent of post-traumatic play Types of post-traumatic play|
|11:30 – 11:45||Break|
|11:45 - 01:00||Continuation of discussion and case presentation|
|01:00 - 02:00||Lunch|
|02:00 - 03:30||Phases of Post-Traumatic Play Assessing progress and identifying Toxic post-traumatic play Interventions in post-traumatic play|
|03:30 - 03:45||Break|
|03:45 - 05:00||Case Discussions and continuation of lecture|
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Define Post-Traumatic play
- List two ways that post-trauma play differs from generic play therapy
- List the three phases of post-trauma play
- Name two ways that play therapists and others can intervene when children’s post-trauma play is “stuck”
Gil, E. (2017). Post-Traumatic Play : What clinicians should know. New York, NY : Guilford Press.
Haen, C. (2020). The Roles of Metaphor and Imagination in Child Trauma Treatment. J. of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
Terr, L. (1990) Too Scared to cry : Psychic trauma in childhood. New York, NY : Basic Books
General Course Information
This course is limited to 15 participants and is designed to facilitate group discussion, and review the present literature and practice regarding children’s treatment of traumatic experiences. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their specific needs and clinical questions. Participant feedback and participation will be sought out throughout the day.
Clinical case discussions will adhere to HIPPA regulations regarding client confidentiality.
Target audience is Licensed Professional Counselors, MFTs, psychologists, social workers, play therapists and others who work with children.
The program is an introduction to post-traumatic play, how it differs from generic play, and what purpose it serves childhood trauma treatment. It is for clinicians with beginning and intermediate experience.
This event is sponsored by Starbright Training Institute. Starbright Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Provider No. 96-029).
Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:
It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:
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For information about continuing education credit, fees, and deadlines for cancellations/refunds, please see https://starbrighttraininginstitute.com/. It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.
Myriam Goldin, LCSW; RPT-S, is Director of Starbright Training Institute.
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Accommodations for the Differently Abled
Starbright Training Institute’s training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations please contact the Director of Starbright Training Institute. See contact information above.
Course Instructor Contact Information
Name: Eliana Gil, Ph.D.